Utah's most recent contest was against the Sacramento Kings. Since starting point guard Deron Williams was out at a funeral, Gaines was called on to play a major role.
Sundiata responded with 12 points on 5 of 13 shooting, 5 assists, 1 rebound, 3 steals, and 0 turnovers in 24 minutes. As Andrei Kirilenko said in the post-game interview, Gaines "knows how to play, he knows how to play with confidence. I'm not surprised he's bringing it."